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Google+ Hangouts Goes Enterprise With VidyoH2O

Google+ Hangouts have proven to be a useful tool for anyone wishing to sidestep Skype and video-call with individuals or groups. But for businesses looking to hook things up via their existing voice and video tools, well, things haven’t been so rosy.<p>Today, however, Vidyo (see previous coverage) …

iPhone 5S: Apple’s golden ticket?

Two new iPhones, the 5C and 5S, have divided opinion – Matt Warman assesses their chances<p>Sometime this week, queues will begin to form outside Apple’s stores around the world. Two new iPhones go on sale on Friday, and just when people first start camping out, as they surely will, is likely to be a …

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Feedly Pro now available to everyone, offers a 'more powerful' reader for a fee

Feedly's popularity increased massively with the news of Google Reader being put out to pasture, so much so that it figured it wouldn't be such a bad idea to introduce a paid version of its RSS service. Therein Feedly Pro was born. Now, after being available to a limited amount of people, Feedly …

Apple Seeks Patent For Skype-Style Away Status For Phone Calls, But Set Automatically

In a new patent filing published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider), Apple describes a system for setting essentially an “Away/Available/Busy” style status for receiving phone calls on a smartphone device, but one that updates said status intelligently and automatically using data gathered about …

Google Solves Android Fragmentation with Stock Apps in the Play Store

For some, Android version 4.3 was a little underwhelming. At a somewhat dry, technical level there were some interesting additions; restricted profiles helped families keep track of the apps and content their children can access; support for OpenGL ES 3.0 brought higher fidelity lens flares, …

Coke may be getting into the accelerator business (again) but what’s the point?

Coca-Cola(s ko) is getting into the startup accelerator/incubator business. The sugar-water firm is launching 9 accelerators – Mexico City is up and …

The Genius of Whisper, the Massively Popular App You Haven't Heard Of

It's anonymous. It's ephemeral. It's PostSecret optimized like FarmVille.<p>I have a secret to tell you: There is a mobile app you've probably never heard of that gets 2.5 <i>billion</i> page views a month, substantially more than all of CNN. It's called Whisper, and the youths just love it.<p>Here's how it …

Flickr founder Stewart Butterfield's new Slack signed up 8,000 companies in 24 hours

VANCOUVER — Not every tech founder can follow up a massive success with another massive success. But a couple years after a failed gaming endeavor, Glitch, it looks like Flickr cofounder Stewart Butterfield may have another big winner on his hands.<p>At least, if the early returns are any …

Kickstarter bans project creators from giving away genetically-modified organisms

Kickstarter is clamping down on genetically-modified organisms following the success of a project to genetically engineer glowing plants for use as additional lighting in people's homes. Earlier this week and without explanation, the crowdfunding website quietly altered its guidelines for project …

Chipotle is killing social, and we’re letting them get away with it

<i>This is a guest post by social business strategist Andy White</i><p>Nobody really took much notice when Chipotle got ‘hacked,’ because as hacks go it was as anodyne as they come. It was middle of the road, safe, completely inoffensive to anybody and everyone. It was the CBS prime time of hacks.<p>Turned out …

As The Series A Crunch Tightens, Teams of Coders Are Looking To Find New Jobs On DeveloperAuction

DeveloperAuction, an online marketplace that lets startups submit salary bids to talented engineers, has expanded to allow teams of coders and designers to put themselves up for auction as a group.<p>“As a general trend around the Series A crunch, we’ve seen a huge influx of talent on our marketplace …

Three things you need to understand about 3D printing to talk about it intelligently

Several of the biggest brains in 3D printing joined Quartz for a discussion about the future of the technology at General Assembly in New York City on July 16. Here are the three most interesting things we learned.<p>1. Customization is effectively free with 3D printing<p>The upsides of 3D printing are …

With new products far off, Apple faces sluggish summer

The second half of 2013 may well mark Apple Inc.'s return to blockbuster profit growth. But in the meantime, there's probably a little more pain ahead.<p>Apple reports its third-quarter earnings on Tuesday. According to Thomson Reuters, analysts are expecting, on average, earnings of $7.31 (U.S.) per …

Apple Developer Center Was Hacked; Site Remains Down While Company Overhauls Security

Apple’s developer site was accessed by “an intruder” last Thursday, the company has disclosed, and Apple has not ruled out the possibility that …

Touch: Where Microsoft Went Wrong

Microsoft had a pretty bad week. The software giant announced disastrous earnings, which prompted its stock to tank more than 11 percent the next day. One reason for the bad quarter was the $900 million charge it took against “Surface RT” inventory adjustments, but even without this writedown, its …

3D printing will explode in 2014, thanks to the expiration of key patents

Here’s what’s holding back 3D printing, the technology that’s supposed to revolutionize manufacturing and countless other industries: patents. In February 2014, key patents that currently prevent competition in the market for the most advanced and functional 3D printers will expire, says Duann …

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If You Don't Want the Government to Spy on You, Move to Montana

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Privacy advocates, behold the Montana legislature and House Bill 603, a measure that requires the …

4G revolution will boost small firms

Superfast web will mean many businesses can choose to ditch the phone line<p>This summer, Britain will see the launch of the single biggest infrastructure improvement since the railways. The arrival of 4G mobile networks has boosted the Treasury by £2.34 bn and will boost the economy by rather more …

Computers detecting sarcasm better than humans? Yeah, right

When I first met Mrs Moran, about 12 years ago, it was during the second great wave of mobile phone ownership. The early adopters, those prophets of …

AngelList Now Has More Than 100K Startup Profiles, Makes More Than 500 Intros Between Startups And Investors A Week

In just a few short years, AngelList has very quickly emerged as an indispensable resource for connecting entrepreneurs with investors. Started as an email newsletter, the website now has more than 18,000 accredited investors, including more than 6,000 that it would consider “sophisticated …

Google Maps Highlights Street View of Harry Potter's Diagon Alley

Google has taken its Maps street view team to London to capture a 360-degree view of the magical world of Harry Potter. Google Map users can now visit the set on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in the UK to view Diagon Alley, the marketplace made famous by J.K. Rowling’s novel about the boy …

Fly Or Die: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

We first caught wind of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active back in May before it had been announced.<p>Ruggedized smartphones aren’t always so tantalizing, but seeing that the Galaxy S4 Active is a variant of the Samsung flagship Galaxy S4, we thought it wise to bring the little guy in for an episode of Fly …

Scott Weiss: Finding the Right Fit

GUEST MENTOR Scott Weiss, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz:At our firm we always start off our meetings with a deep dive into the entrepreneur’s background, and the most convincing pitches literally pour out of them with some deep connection or “aha” that led them into the business they are …

Skip Silicon Valley: Why Smart Startups Start In Europe

Despite having studied at Stanford University, worked for start-ups in Silicon Valley like Linkexchange and Tellme networks, spent four years at eBay in California in product management, and been an investor at Accel Partners, a venture capital firm with roots in Silicon Valley, I made the …

WSJ: Google Is Building An Android Game Console And Smartwatch

Google may be working on an Android-based game console, smartwatch, and an updated version of the Nexus Q, if reports are to be believed. According to the Wall Street Journal (paywall), the Mountain View-based company is looking to develop these products as a means to combat anything Apple has been …

OS X Mavericks, iCloud and the rise of the populist file system

Tags wasn’t an enormous part of Apple’s WWDC keynote, but the more I think about it, the more implications that it has for the future of the file system on OS X.<p>In fact, it’s something I’ve been thinking about since a panel I was on at Macworld expo earlier this year. The topic was iCloud, App …

Dropbox for Business Lets Administrators Create Team Folders

Dropbox today announced a new Dropbox for Business feature: team folders. Administrators can now create folders that are instantly shared with all members of their team, both current ones and new ones that join later.<p>This means all important files that all colleagues need can be shared with the …